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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The NFL is doing its best to prevent players from dangerously banging their heads into each other this season. But the result of their effort is going to be a lot of people banging their heads against a wall.

That's because not even the players are completely clear about what is and isn't a penalty under the NFL's new helmet rule - a rule that makes "lowering the head and initiating contact" with any part of an opponent's body, not just the head, a 15-yard penalty at least.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Though the Giants' offensive acquisitions this offseason have generated the most talk, Big Blue hasn't been stingy bolstering their defense either. 

The Giants were in need of a veteran presence in their linebackers room after the departures of Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas, and one of GM Dave Gettleman's first moves was to trade for LB Alec Ogletree. At 26, Ogletree has five NFL seasons with the Rams under his belt, where he recently wore the headset as the defense's playcaller.

Ogletree will likely be paired with B.J. Goodson, who wore the headset for the Giants as the MIKE linebacker last season. However, Goodson could only call out plays in limited time due to injuries. This season, though, Goodson is hoping to show the Giants the potential they saw when he was drafted in the fourth round back in 2016. 

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Entering this past weekend's NFL Draft, linebacker was an area many speculated the Giants would need to address with young talent.

Yet the team chose not to draft a linebacker.

The Giants bolstered its offensive and defensive lines, added depth to the running back corps and secondary, and even added a pair of linebackers in the form of undrafted free agents Etienne Sabino out of Ohio State and Charles Dieusel of Mount Union.

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The NFL Draft is a mere three days away, so of course, all the rumors swirling around who is going to land where are beginning to heat up.

Numerous mock drafts have the Giants looking to bolster a couple different directions, including linebacker, offensive and defensive lines and the secondary. Among the players most commonly connected to Big Blue are linebackers Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Over the weekend, the New York Daily News diagnosed those same four positions as areas of need for the Giants in this year's draft, pointing out the linebacking unit lost Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn, and Mathias Kiwanuka has returned to the defensive line. It adds the offensive line -- aside from left tackle Will Beatty -- is aging; Justin Tuck and Kiwanuka are aging; and questions continue to surround cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley.

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In ESPN analyst Todd McShay's mock draft released Wednesday, three scenarios are provided for the Giants picking 19th in the first round.

The first scenario is the Giants taking highly coveted offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. The former Alabama lineman has recently climbed up draft boards and has been rumored to be an option for Miami at No. 12.

"The Giants aren't known for taking offensive linemen early, but Fluker would offer a boost up front with his balance, footwork and mauling presence in the running game," writes McShay.
Scenario 2 has Big Blue sweeping former Georgia middle linebacker Alec Ogletree off the board. Ogletree is considered among the top two or three inside backers in this year's draft, including Manti Te'o of Notre Dame.

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In Rotoworld analyst Josh Norris' latest mock draft, the Giants nab former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 19th selection in the first round.

Richardson, ranked as the No. 2 player at his position by NFL Network's Mike Mayock, sits only behind Florida's Shariff Floyd in terms of the best interior defensive linemen.

According to Norris, the addition of Richardson to Big Blue improves the team's interior pass rush. Though with his stock rising, it is not out of the realm of possibility Richardson is gone, in which case Norris expects the Giants to target UCLA's Datone Jones.

Tags: alec ogletree, cullen jenkins, datone jones, DJ Fluker, manti te'o, missouri, New York Giants, shariff floyd, sheldon richardson
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The New York Giants will host Steve Beauharnais during a local Pro Day on Wednesday, according to reports.

The former Rutgers linebacker and Saddle Brook, N.J. product was an All-State player while at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, N.J.), and has quickly climbed draft boards after a strong outing during the Scarlet Knights Pro Day in March.

Starting in all 13 contests during his senior campaign at Rutgers, Beauharnais notched the third-highest totals in tackles (83), and ranked among the Big East leaders in tackles for loss (16), sacks (5) and interceptions (3).

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There's a lot to like about Washington DB Desmond Trufant, whose draft stock has been rising of late.

The Giants have been connected to a number of different players with the 19th selection in April's NFL Draft, most of which has centered around the team's moves during free agency.

Among the names floated around have been Tyler Eifert, the tight end from Notre Dame, Alec Ogletree, the linebacker out of Georgia, and Datone Jones, the defensive lineman out of UCLA.

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Zach Eifert was a name connected to the Giants' plans with the 19th pick in the NFL Draft. But after the team signed tight end Brandon Myers away from the Oakland Raiders earlier this month, prognosticators are thinking the Giants go defense with their first pick.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris projects New York to scoop up UCLA defensive Datone Jones. Despite Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck expected to be the team's defensive bookends in 2013, the team does have a history of drafting defensive line depth.

Norris writes ...

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The Giants have remained relatively quiet during free agency thus far, but perhaps a new addition to its defense is on the horizon.

According to ESPN, the G-Men have expressed "some interest" in Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga.

Veteran middle linebacker Michael Boley was released at the start of the off-season, leaving the rumors swirl around potential fits, most of which centered around potential first-round draft picks Alec Ogletree of Georgia and Manti Te'o of Notre Dame.

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In ESPN draft expert Todd McShay's newest mock draft, the Giants are projected to nab Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert.

The Fighting Irish have produced some of the better NFL-caliber tight ends in recent years, including Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings, as well Anthony Fasano of the Miami Dolphins and John Carlson, also with the Vikings.

The Giants' tight end situation is a bit?murky?with Martellus Bennett a free agent this off-season.

Tags: alec ogletree, anthony fason, d.j. fluker, john carlson, kyle rudolph, lane johnson, martellus bennett, New York Giants, Tyler Eifert, zach ertz
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Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree is a player that could help the Giants' defense get back up to speed. The 6"2", 245 lb underclassman, who began his college career as a safety, could go a long way in countering the slew of mobile quarterbacks cropping up all over the league.

And then again, the Giants could simply pass. Ogletree, a surefire top-10 pick a month ago, has blown up his draft stock with a DUI arrest ?in early February. It's just the latest off-field infraction by Ogletree. From Rotoworld:

The arrest, just ahead of NFL Combine interviews, couldn't have been much more untimely. Ogletree was also suspended four games in 2012 for violating the Georgia football team's substance abuse policy. He allegedly turned in "positive drug tests," plural. Ogletree was suspended once more in 2010 for stealing a motor scooter from fellow UGA student.
Some pundits say the incidents will not affect his draft position, but several teams that are in the market for a LB this April, will probably go in another direction. The Steelers, who select 17th, are one of those teams. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Gazette believes the Steelers will let Ogletree slip past them.

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The Giants are in the business of finding of linebackers. A Florida Times-Union report now suggests they may be chasing the best on the market.

Jacksonville linebacker Daryl Smith, who missed the majority of the 2012 season with a groin injury, has been the stalwart of the team's interior defense for nine seasons.

In my free-agent forecaster, I predicted Smith would remain with the Jags largely because they cannot afford to let the veteran go. Despite the injury he suffered last season, there will certainly be a market for Pro Football Focus' top-rated backer.

Tags: alec ogletree, Chase Blackburn, daryl smith, manti te'o, Michael Boley, New York Giants
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The majority of the post-NFL Scouting Combine mock drafts, prognosticators believe the New York Giants will add an offensive player with the 19th pick in the first round.

Of the five most recently updated mocks, three project New York to draft an offensive tackle. Both NFL.com's Bucky Brooks and CBS Sports' Will Brinson predict former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker will be a member of Big Blue at the end of April.

Tony Pauline of USA Today Sports went down a similar path, though instead of Fluker he expects the Giants to bolster the offensive line with one of the combine's most impressive athletes, Lane Johnson of Oklahoma.

Tags: alec ogletree, Kevin Boothe, lane johnson, martellus bennett, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Sean Locklear, Will Beatty, zach ertz
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In Peter King's weekly "Monday Morning Quarterback" column, he delves into the NFL Scouting Combine to give the latest on the top prospects and the latest wheeling and dealing among front-office personnel in Indianapolis.

Among his top-five takeaways from the combine, he mentions Manti Te'o making a good impression on NFL GMs. He said this on the former Notre Dame linebacker:

No way the second- or third-rated inside linebacker gets to the bottom of the round now, in the wake of the fake girlfriend story. I can't see him lasting past Cincinnati at 21. "Unbelievable kid,'' is how one interviewer for a team described him Sunday night. "Everybody in our room fell in love with him." More about him in a few moments.
Both Te'o and former Georgia Bulldog have been connected to the Giants, a team in need of bolstering its linebacking corps.

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The Giants have a number of critical decisions to make about their secondary this off-season.

Both strong safeties Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown are free agents, Corey Webster's future with the team is anything but sure and depth may surface as a real concern.

One of the more interesting prospects in this year's NFL Draft is former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, formerly heralded as the Honey Badger for his small stature but big game.

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This season, the Giants lacked their signature pass rush, which had lifted them over the Patriots in Super Bowls twice and had set the tone for the rest of their defense.

Whether it's via free agency, the draft or trades, the Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, which will allow their linebackers to focus more on stopping the revent and their defensive backs on generating turnovers.

The heart and soul of the Giants D: the defensive line. Let's begin there.

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